Every few months I recap my favorite books. These are books that I tell my friends about. They’re the books that I’m begging others to read because I want to talk about them.
Now, I’m sharing these books with you!
And, I don’t put every book I read on this list – only the ones I’d want a friend to read. So, you’ll know that if you read a book from this list, that it’s a good one.
This book list doesn’t come out in any particular time because I only publish when I have a few good reads to share. Follow me on Instagram to get behind-the-scenes pics, including what I’m currently reading.
Here’s the latest installment of my favorite reads that are worth a busy mom’s time!
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
Usually books that are this well written take me a long time to read, but not An American Marriage. Even though I found myself rereading lines from the book, I was still able to get through the book in a couple of days. The writing makes it easy.
The author tackles a deep topic, both marriage and race relations in America. The main character, Roy, finds himself incarcerated for a crime he didn’t commit. His young wife has to live on the outside waiting for him, all while her long-time “friend” comforts her.
This book is so deep, yet so light because of how it’s written. I honestly have no idea how the author speaks in so many voices. The voice she uses for the main character is brilliant!
This is a great book club selection because there is so much to talk about. You don’t want to miss this one.
The Chilbury ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan
Love The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir! Set during WWII, it grips you within the first few pages with a HUGE secret that will change lives forever. Gets your brain wondering how this is going to be pulled off and if anyone will find out!
The chapters are told by different women who all live in a small English down during the war. The men are all being sent off to war and the women are left in the town. The towns choir was only allowed to perform with men, but since the men are gone Mrs. Prim has an idea to have a choir with all women. SHOCKING! It’s actually quite dramatic for the time. But they felt that a choir could lift spirits during the war.
The story has tales from the vivacious young woman and how she tries to lure all the men, while her younger, 12-year-old sister is in love with Henry who has a thing for her sister, but not her. Who does Henry end up with – the vampy older sister, or the younger sister who truly loves him?
I just loved all the characters in this book. This is one of my favorite books of the year.
The Aviators Wife by Melanie Benjamin
I adored The Aviators Wife. What’s not to love? There’s aviation, a strong female character, tales of motherhood, and a handsome man.
What’s so intriguing about America’s hero Charles Lindbergh?
This historical fiction novel tells the tale of the life and marriage of aviator Charles Lindberg from the time on the first solo, nonstop, transatlantic flight from New York, to Paris,France, on the Spirit of St. Louis.
But what you learn from the story, is that his wife, Anne Morrow Lindbergh was just as good an aviator. She even rivaled better-known flyer Amelia Earhart.
And what about the Lindbergh baby? That story is told here too. This is more than a book about flying. It’s about motherhood, sacrifices, loving difficult people, and finding yourself.
How Hard Can It Be by Allison Pearson
If you loved Pearson’s debut novel, “I Don’t Know How She Does It,” you’ll love the sequel, “How Hard Can It Be?” just as much. While I can’t put this book in the same category as the ones listed above, it’s so relatable as a busy, working mom that I can’t ignore the book. Pearson captures the main character, Kate Reddy, as she returns to the workforce with two teenagers at home and a husband whose decided he wants a new career and is taking a break to retrain. As the sole breadwinner in the home, she needs a good job and needs it now.
But how does a soon to be 50-year-old mom whose been out of the workforce for several years convince young, new managers she’s the best person for the job? She tells them she’s 7 years younger than she is, for starters!
Being a working mom is hard work and Kate Reddy shows you how it’s done.
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